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Mark Shields: McCain the patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Jules Witcover: Our contemptible president

WASHINGTON -- With friends like President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs no enemies. The man who appointed Sessions to run his critical Department of Justice has rewarded him for his fawning loyalty with public humiliation that only magnifies Sessions' own need for public ...

Froma Harrop: Americans polarized on matter of fitness, too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I ...

Rich Lowry: The looming Republican disgrace

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn't: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party. That Obamacare repeal has one or maybe two feet in the grave, depending on how you're counting, is testament ...

Peter Brooks: New report paints image of old USSR with modern twist

It’s baaaack, Tovarishch: After a hiatus of some 25 years, the Pentagon’s unclassified report on Soviet, er, Russian military might is being published again by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The new report, “Russia Military Power: Building a Military to Support Great Power ...

Andy Schmookler: Republicans in Congress, is this too much to ask?

I realize that you Republicans in Congress are in a difficult spot, depending as you do on voters who remain supportive of the President. So I understand that self-preservation puts limits on what you’re willing to do in relation to the President’s transgressions. But the nation has just ...

Kathleen Parker: Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because the GOP ...

Commentary: Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

Let's say you're inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, OK, overheated. It's a swelter out there, but so what? It's July in Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same, to make the case that it's way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia's climate ...

Jonah Goldberg: Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons," "If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us ...

George F. Will: Air Force has dug into the equivalent of trench warfare

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It is said that America's armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation's history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after Desert ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What is wrong with Trump?

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged. But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well. There is no sign ...

Froma Harrop: The suicide epidemic: Social, economic or both?

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it's not just among struggling middle-aged whites. Suicides by girls age 10 to 14 have spiked over the last 18 years. And there's been a shocking surge in children 17 or under dying from self-inflicted gunshot ...

George F. Will: Congress is in ‘Annie’ mode

WASHINGTON -- Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation's second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone ...

Jules Witcover: It’s White House amateur hour

WAHINGTON -- A novice Trump administration that has already demonstrated its ineptness in conducting deft foreign policy has now been revealed as similarly ham-handed in the art of politics. Donald Trump Jr. made public an email exchange in which he confirmed his interest in information ...

Diane Dimond: Hit the high seas on vacation, but be careful

Summertime. Vacation time. No time to let your guard down. Traditionally, crime goes up during warmer weather, with property crimes and aggravated assaults on the rise. In some locations, murder rates increase, too. When temperatures rise, there are more windows left open, more sweaty and ...

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular presidents sometimes do great things. What might Donald Trump's great thing be? He has unified a divided nation. He has brought Republicans and Democrats together as only just wars can. He's brought women, scientists, minorities, teachers, ...

Rich Lowry: Reince for president

It's been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly -- yet again -- Reince Priebus might get fired. Surely, no high-level government official in American history has been on the verge of ouster so early and so often. Being the subject of shake-up rumors is practically Reince Priebus' job ...

Connie Schultz: Guiding children in the age of Trump

"You could be president some day." As recently as last year, this is what we told America's children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential. See yourself in our first black president, and feel the obstacles ...

Scott Rasmussen: The Netflix revolution

While the nation's political elites obsess over daily controversies of official Washington, a far more significant development is taking place on television screens across America. After years of steady growth, the number of subscribers to streaming video services like Netflix has topped the ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The right wing’s war on journalism

Somebody went after Rachel Maddow last week. You might not have heard about it. The story didn't get much traction in a week that began with video of Failed President Trump "wrestling" CNN and ended with his embarrassing trip to the G20 summit in Germany. Still, some of us would argue that it ...